Category Archive: “Cloud”

Feb 16

Losing the cloud, Part 2.

When I have an application that goes down (and face it, it does happen) I want the person responsible for getting it back up and running to be within choking distance.  And if he’s within choking distance the servers need to be as well, because otherwise he’s powerless to actually fix the problem, and I’m …

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Sep 09

Privacy In The Clouds….

I’m not sure why this never got discussed before, but suddenly, with the “shocking” revelation that the government has been collecting data from the cloud in bulk, the concept of “Privacy” is on everone’s mind. I’m telling you.  Anyone who thought their “Cloud” storage was secure from prying eyes has deluded themselves with visions of …

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May 21

The “Public” Cloud…

It’s really easy to point-and-click yourself to a leased cloud or public cloud infrastructure.  Throw a credit-card # in and you can start working immediately. But it has to come down to the real question. Should you? Putting your application “In The Cloud” whether it be Google’s new service, Amazon, or anyone who you rent …

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Dec 15

Cloud Computing….

I’ve told people that if you “…can’t point to the system that is hosting your application, it’s technically in the cloud.” A simple two-node VMWare cluster, technology that’s been around for years, is suddenly a “Private Cloud”

Jul 28

To Cloud, or not to Cloud…

Why cloud when you don’t have to?

Apr 23

Good Cloud, Bad Cloud, a Titanic story…

This weeks abject failure of Amazon.com’s EC2 hosting environment has caused quite the stir.  There are those who say that this proves that this incident “Proves Cloud Failure Recovery is a Myth” and others who say that we should just give it a chance. Facts are facts.  Amazon screwed the pooch big-time last week.  Their …

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Sep 15

Backup Vs. Archive

The fundamental difference between BACKUP and ARCHIVE. A backup is there to help you deal with a crisis such as “My datacenter is a smoking hole in the ground now what do I do?” or something not quite as dramatic like “A virus ate my data.”  You recover from the backup to the last known …

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Jul 09

Storage Tiering…

Ok, given the changes to the storage arena I’ve been working on a revised “Tiering system” to incorporate all of the levels of data…importance? My version of Storage Tiering is (or should be) as follows: Tier-1    – Symmetrix/Replicated – High Performance/Criticial Data Tier-2    – Symmetrix/NonReplicated – High Performance/Non-Criticial Data Tier-3   – Symmetrix/SATA/Replicated – High-Medium Performance/Critical …

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Apr 04

EMC Atmos

Got my first presentation on EMC’s new “Atmos” storage platform. Now granted this was kind of a sales-ey (is to a word) presentation but I’m pretty impressed so far. It seems what EMC has done is combined the best of Celerra and Centerra. (In fact, the gentleman giving the presentation sort of placed it on …

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